US$150 Alcatel OneTouch Watch with Primitive Interface but great Battery Life
The Wearables arena for the past two (2) years have been dominated by Fitbit in Pole Position (Deer, 2015, June 9) and Xiaomi and their US$13 Mi Band Fitness in 2nd place according to analyst IDC.
Apple is also set to take over soon, based on the estimates of Analysts (Deer, 2015 June 9) such as Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and investment firm Global Equities Research. Based on their numbers, not only has the Apple Watch outsold Android Wear in less than a year, but the Apple Watch (Deer, 2015 June 14) is lookin’ like Apple’s best product ever.
So what chances does an Alcatel OneTouch Watch (Stein, 2015) made by the Chinese-based TCL Corporation have against such formidable opponents?
It might, if it sports features that other smartwatches do not have, such as a battery life counted in days not hours and is a reasonably priced, which at US$150 the Alcatel OneTouch Watch has.
Alcatel OneTouch Watch – Unique Operating System but familiar Style
To be clear, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch is not an Android Wear Smartwatch, despite looking a lot like the Moto 360 Smartwatch (Deer, 2014, December 29), even having a sliver of its display missing at the bottom. It uses a custom OS that’s compatible with Apple iOS and Google Android OS, an instant plus for the TCL Corporation’s first Smartwatch.
The Wrist strap, which doubles as a USB Charger, can either be rubber or metal and are not replaceable, a bit of a letdown to those of us who like to customize our smartwatches. The Alcatel OneTouch Watch might initially be a little difficult to fit, as the USB port bulges at the tip of the wrist strap.
The Wrist Strap complements the stainless steel body which gives it a really professional finish. You get the sense of stylishness even from the watch face options, which consist of two (2) black and white analog watch faces and one (1) Digital Watch face display.
The wallpaper is changeable to any background colour, preset pattern or personal photograph you choose, using the Alcatel Phone App that connects via Bluetooth, one of the few things you can customize.
US$150 the Alcatel OneTouch Watch – Primitive Interface but great battery life
Interacting with the Smartwatch is a little primitive, as there is no Google Now as with Android Wear (Deer, 2015, April 20) smartwatches or Siri Voice Assistant as with Apple Watch.
All that swiping can get a bit difficult as it’ll cause the watch face to get smudged with sweat and dirt from your fingers.
Their also seems to be no plans for Voice Commands, as there is no microphone or speaker, so listening to calls or dictating messages is not an option. Its main function seems to be receiving notifications from your various Smartphone Apps, which appears in an ever-growing list which you have the option to turn on or off.
The Alcatel OneTouch Watch does have Apps which are displayed via a colourful grid of Apps and features:
- Airplane mode
- Screen brightness
However, these Apps, which are hard to interpret, save for what the symbols suggest, seem mainly to control feature on your smartphone and are not native to the Smartwatch. Albeit the fitness App works on the Smartwatch, the Remote camera feature and the Music playback feature are just that; control those features on your smartphone.
Listening to music via a Bluetooth headphone such as the (Deer, 2015, June 21) Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 Headphones is out of the question, as the Bluetooth is for tethering to your smartphone, not streaming music.
In short, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch isn’t a Smartwatch, but more like a Remote Control for your smartphone with Notifications, which explains the name “Alcatel OneTouch Watch”.
But if you like a Watch that’s smart enough to be Smartphone agonistic, be it iOS or Android and gives you days of useful notifications with its own built in USB Charger, then the US$150 the Alcatel OneTouch Watch from the TCL Corporation is the wristwatch for you!
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